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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 10:58 PM
There appear to be some members who enjoy racing as evidenced by the frequent posts re the 07 Daytona 500. This thread is intended for comment on any form of motorsport, Nascar, open wheel, sportscars, bikes, rally, whatever. Enthusiasts only please; I know some don't like racing or some of its fans. Not interested.
For the inagural post, this is to invite Leafsfan to comment on his trip to Daytona; leave no detail unreported, no matter how sordid!

 

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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 11:23 PM
Racing? That ain't no stinkin' sport! All they do is ride around in circles all day! ...






Ha! OK... So most here know... I was an addict once, got treatment, and now i'm just a fan.

Great idea for a thread, Brock.

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Here's an interesting story from earlier today.

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GM executive wants NASCAR to go green
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Posted: 2/21/07

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - While working for General Motors in Brazil in the 1990s, Brent Dewar got a firsthand look at the country's successful switch from an oil-based economy to ethanol.

Dewar wants to see the same thing happen in the United States, and he thinks NASCAR can help. He's lobbying officials to consider a switch from gasoline to ethanol.

"We would embrace it," said Dewar, GM's vice president of field sales, service and parts. "We think it would be great on a lot of fronts, because obviously it would send a signal to the public. A lot of people don't understand the benefits of ethanol."

Other racing series already are embracing renewable fuels. Beginning this season, the Indy Racing League's IndyCar Series will race on 100 percent ethanol. And the American LeMans Series will race on a 10 percent ethanol blend.

Now, Dewar and others in the garage said they believe NASCAR should explore alternative fuels - and no, not the kind Michael Waltrip was caught with in Daytona.

"Without a doubt, I think we should look into it," driver Jeff Burton said. "Although our impact on environmental issues is probably very, very small from an actual use standpoint, from a marketing standpoint, we could have a major impact."

Driver Kyle Petty says NASCAR's marketing horsepower might drive alternative fuels into the mainstream, helping consumers get over the image of hippies tinkering with their 1980s Mercedes to make them run on vegetable oil.

"I think once you start seeing alternative fuels show up in places like racing and places where you least expect them, then you don't think about that guy with the Volkswagen van that runs off of whatever," Petty said.

NASCAR is taking one step in the direction of environmental responsibility by getting the lead out, catching up with a change most consumers made in the 1980s by switching from leaded to unleaded fuel.

NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said officials are willing to consider renewable fuels, too.

"In terms of looking at the next step, obviously we're open to options," Poston said.

Petty figures the whole country will switch to renewable fuels at some point, so it makes sense for NASCAR and its official fuel supplier, Sunoco, to lead the way.

"You would like to think that they would take a leading role in it, especially through Sunoco's involvement," Petty said. "Because I know Sunoco's taken a huge step in that direction."

NASCAR teams also would have to modify their cars to run on ethanol, but Dewar said the switch wouldn't be a "major investment." And he said it ultimately would be worth the hassle.

Still, even proponents don't portray ethanol as a magic wand. Despite its benefits - it's renewable, can provide a slight performance advantage, isn't imported from politically volatile countries and burns cleaner - ethanol isn't as efficient as gasoline.

Although today's cars can run on 90 percent gasoline/10 percent ethanol blends, cars have to be specially equipped to run on heavier blends of ethanol.

GM and other car companies sell "flex fuel" passenger vehicles that run on gasoline or E85, an 85 percent ethanol/15 percent gasoline blend. But E85 isn't widely distributed in the U.S.

In Brazil, gas stations carry regular gasoline and 100 percent ethanol. Most of the country's cars can run on either fuel. Given fluctuations in fuel prices, Brazilian consumers must make an informed choice every time they fill up. Dewar said gasoline is about 20 percent more efficient than ethanol. So if ethanol is more than 20 percent cheaper than gasoline, ethanol makes economic sense, as well as environmental sense. Dewar was in Brazil in December and said ethanol was 50 percent cheaper than gasoline.

Technological innovations also could drive down the price of ethanol, he said. Today, most ethanol in the U.S. is made from corn. In Brazil, ethanol is made from sugar cane. Some research indicates certain kinds of grass and even wood chips might be better suited to making ethanol. Researchers also are working to develop enzymes, Dewar said, that break down waste products into ethanol. In five years, Dewar expects cars to literally run on recycled garbage.

With all that in mind, Petty said it's time for NASCAR to think about going green.

"I think the global-warming thing, and all the things that are written about that, a lot more people are aware of the fact that we do need to do something," Petty said.




 

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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 11:32 PM
Yet another F1 driver could soon be in NASCAR. Hope it works out for him.

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F1 champ 'very close' to lining up NASCAR sponsor
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Posted: 1 day ago

MONTREAL (AP) - Being a pop singer is fun but Jacques Villeneuve says his real career remains in auto racing.


And his agent Craig Pollock says Villeneuve's challenge is to amass the most impressive collection of racing titles ever.

The former Indy Car, Indianapolis 500 and Formula One champion from Iberville, Quebec is close to getting started in NASCAR and will also race the famous Le Mans 24-hour event June 16-17 in France.

"It's something he's never done before," Pollock said Monday at Villeneuve's record launch. "He's done open wheel racing. People might find him going to NASCAR unusual, but which Formula One champion has ever had a chance to win the NASCAR series?"

Pollock said Villeneuve is "very close" to lining up a title sponsor for a NASCAR ride.

Villeneuve may do some driving in ARCA, the Craftsman truck series and the Busch series, which has a race in Montreal on Aug. 4, before moving up to NASCAR and the Nextel Cup.

 

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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 11:55 PM
Ethanol?! That there's fer drankin' around these parts! Wait, isn't that where Nascar came from? Junior Johnson toting 'shine in a hopped up car? Maybe it fits after all. I personally wish ethanol would go away; it has only about 2/3 the energy of gasoline and will simply make some special interests(ADM) rich in its feel good guise.
As for Jacques driving in Nascar, I don't see it. He is(was) a splendid driver, but his edge was off last yr in F1 (dumped mid-season for Polish driver R Kubiza) and his French Canadian personality really will be a tough sell. Fiery Colombian Montoya may well work.

 

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  posted on 2/22/2007 at 07:34 AM
Great idea for a thread...more importantly where is leafsfan's report ??

A guy here at work went to the 500 with his family, sat in the backstretch or superstretch as they call it in Daytona...he said it was pretty cold. Reported that lines at the concession were long, only to find out when you got up there that they were out of coffee and hot chocolate.

Anyhow, I also follow Motocross/Supercross...James Stewart (now that Rickey has moved on) is unbeatable...oh, that is when he doesn't fall while 10 seconds ahead of everyone like last week.

 

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  posted on 2/22/2007 at 08:16 AM
I called Leafsfan out last night via PM. Maybe he's in the Volusia Co. jail! I definitely want bikes to be part hereof; my minibike and enduro bikes from my youth really started me off in appreciating all things motorized.

 

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  posted on 2/22/2007 at 09:40 AM
What do you think is the top 5 going into California??

Roush is going to be strong. I expect a good run from 17 -Kennseth. Stewart will rebound. Two dark horses are Mark Martin and Clint Boyer

 

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  posted on 2/22/2007 at 10:11 AM
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Stewart will rebound. Two dark horses are Mark Martin and Clint Boyer


If i'm not mistaken the year that Smoke won his first championship he finished 43rd in the 500 too.

Never thought i'd see mark Martin and darkhorse in the same sentence. I wouldn't be surprised if Mark ends up driving the whole season. And Boyer had a couple good runs at California last year

BTW a little plug here. I'm a photographer for the Salem Speedway in Salem Indiana. Some of the greatest drivers ever have won at Salem, AJ Foyt, Mario Andretti, Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon to name a few. If you'd like to see some of my shots from the last 2 seasons you can click on my website in my sig. The 2005 pix will only be up for a couple more weeks.

 

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  posted on 2/22/2007 at 10:35 AM
"we got ourselves a movement" A Guthrie.

 

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  posted on 2/22/2007 at 03:39 PM
Quote: his French Canadian personality really will be a tough sell


I think Jacques is a pretty laid back person/ driver at this stage of the game, he has already been World Champion and he has already made his name in the USA; both he and JPM are Indy 500 winners. Jacques will be busy this year anyway with the new Peugeot prototype Le Mans car(a very hairy looking beast) My favorite driver of all time was his father Gilles Villenueve (RIP)

 

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  posted on 2/23/2007 at 01:11 AM


"What do you think is the top 5 going into California??"

1. Stewart
2. Kahne
3. Kenseth
4. Edwards
5. Johnson/Gordon

...o.k. ...5ish

Darkhorses:
Ragan
Marlin

Paging Leafsfan, paging Leafsfan...

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Martin to run Daytona in July:

The ink on Mark Martin's 2007 Nextel Cup calendar boasts 22 races in the #01 U.S. Army Chevy. But if you flip to July, to the small box hosting his July 7 to-do list, the pencil markings suggest another story. The Pepsi 400? That wasn't on the original slate. It is now. Martin told ESPN.com Monday that the July 7 race at Daytona International Speedway was on his docket all along, but he chose to wait and see the outcome of Speed Weeks. He had more fun than he's ever had. No pressure. And, oh yeah, he nearly won the Daytona 500. Martin stressed we not get carried away with this. He doesn't desire to run the entire slate, though some of his colleagues think otherwise. "Winning [the Daytona 500] wouldn't have changed at all how I feel about things. I've learned to never say never, so I'm not going to do that. But I'm very happy and comfortable with my schedule, and even if we'd have won the race I'm just thrilled with what I have laid out in front of me. If I want to change [my schedule] I have that luxury," he said. "I haven't gone and asked [to run the whole schedule], but I can tell you they haven't said no to anything else. I don't think that'd be a problem, but I also don't think that'll happen." Martin's current projected schedule is quite front-loaded. He knows he might get bored in the second half of the year. The Food City 500 [in Bristol] will mark the first race since Valentine's Day 1988 that Martin won't be in the Cup Series field. That's 617 straight races [currently hs is at 618, going into Bristol he will be at 621]. Martin is scheduled to be in Lake City, Fla., that weekend to be Ricky Carmichael's crew chief in a late-model race.

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Ricky Carmichael
Title: Driver for Ginn Racing


Birthdate: Nov. 27, 1979
Hometown: Clearwater, Fla.
Resides: Tallahassee, Fla.
Ht: 5'6", Wt: 150 lbs.
Nickname: RC
Spouse: Ursula
Children: Expecting twins in April (boy & girl)
Hobbies: Hunting, Wakeboarding


Ricky Carmichael, considered the greatest motocross racer of all time, is moving to NASCAR. He announced last October that he agreed to a multiyear contract with Ginn Racing, beginning with the 2007 season.

Carmichael, 27, will start off in Ginn Racing's driver development program, which will include a combination of approximately 15 events in late model stock cars, ARCA and possibly the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. His program will be accelerated in 2008, according Jay Frye, Ginn Racing's CEO and general manager.

Carmichael is a 15-time American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) national champion and holder of a record 144 career wins in Supercross and motocross. He has won 62% of the races he entered in his career (154/246) and has won 79.3% of the outdoor motocross national events (96/121).

"There were other teams showing interest in Ricky and we are thrilled that he decided to join Ginn Racing," said team owner Bobby Ginn. "He brings to our organization many intangible qualities which have made him one of the great champions in all of motorsports."

"What's even more remarkable is that Ricky has achieved a legendary record and is still in the prime of his racing career," Ginn added. "He has both the physical and mental skills to make a successful transition from two wheels to four wheels."

Carmichael is also planning to run an abbreviated Supercross and motocross schedule in 2007 with Team Makita Suzuki Racing.

"To race in NASCAR has always been a dream of mine," said Carmichael. "This is a new challenge and I have no illusions that the transition will be easy. I truly understand the difficulties that are ahead. But I am committed to do whatever it takes to eventually make it to the Cup series."

"I am excited about joining Ginn Racing," Carmichael added. "After talking to Bobby (Ginn) it was evident to me that this is an organization with a strong commitment to compete at an elite level. It's a good fit and I can't wait to get started."

Since joining the AMA Motocross circuit full time in 1997, Carmichael has never lost an outdoor championship. He won three straight 125cc championships followed by seven consecutive 250cc titles. His record also includes five indoor AMA Supercross championships.

The 2006 season was the fifth time that Carmichael captured the double -- winning both the AMA Supercross and Motocross championships in the same year.

Next closest to Carmichael's 144 career victories is Jeremy McGrath's 89 overall wins.



 

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  posted on 2/23/2007 at 01:21 AM
This was a sad day for this race fan, who was simply trying to avoid an accident. I HOPE they throw the book at the gunman. Don't understand why the girl isn't being charged, when she sorta initiated these actions by yelling "get the gun". No way should she walk scott-free!

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Daytona 500 fan killed in road rage shooting

Three Jacksonville men have been charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of Eddie Houk, 36, Land O Lakes, who was leaving the Daytona International Speedway with an older brother Sunday night when he was shot and killed on Interstate 4 in a road rage incident, authorities said today. The men were apparently passing through the area but had not attended the race, deputies said. More details will come later in a press release, but Volusia County Sheriff's Office spokesman Brandon Haught confirmed it was a road rage incident.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(2-19-2007)

UPDATE: Sheriff's investigators combed through an Interstate 4 exit Tuesday morning searching for the handgun used in the road-rage killing of a 36-year-old Tampa-area father heading home from the Daytona 500. Investigators were at the Orange City exit looking for the weapon, sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said. One of the suspects involved in the shooting, Ronlee Harvin, 21, told investigators he flung the gun from a window of the SUV he was riding in afterward. Meanwhile the grieving family made funeral plans for Eric Houk of Land O' Lakes, a youth soccer coach, husband and father of three, including a 5-month-old son. Seminole County sheriff's deputies arrested Harvin, Charles Onasanya, 19, and David Paul Edwards, 21, as the trio and a female passenger sped west on the interstate Sunday night into Seminole County. Edwards is charged with second-degree murder, accused of shooting Houk in the stomach. The other two men are charged with being principals to second-degree murder. The suspects and the woman are from Jacksonville. Eric Houk and his brother, Michael Houk, encountered the three suspects about 9:20 p.m. Sunday after Eric Houk swerved his pickup into the emergency lane of the interstate to avoid hitting another car. The victim had no idea that Onasanya, who was driving the SUV, was already tooling along in the emergency lane to bypass heavy post-race traffic on I-4, officials said. Angry at being cut off, Onasanya swung his SUV around Eric Houk's truck and he, Harvin and Edwards got out, along with their female passenger, whose name is not being released by sheriff's investigators. The Houk brothers also got out of their pickup and Eric Houk and Onasanya started arguing, investigators said. When the argument turned physical, the female passenger yelled, "Get the gun," a police report shows. She will not be charged, though, sheriff's spokesman Brandon Haught said, because saying that "is not a crime." Onasanya ran back to his vehicle and retrieved a handgun belonging to Harvin. The gun made its way to Edwards who fired a shot into the air to get Eric Houk and Onasanya to stop fighting, the report said. Edwards fired two more shots at Eric Houk, though he was unarmed and not threatening, officials said. Seconds later, the three suspects and the woman took off in the SUV. Eric Houk died just before 10 p.m. at Florida Hospital DeLand, officials said. The suspects were arrested soon after on I-4 in Seminole County. (Daytona Beach News Journal)(2-21-2007)


 

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  posted on 2/23/2007 at 06:26 AM
Leafsfan replied to my PM invite here and said it was "Awesome". I then asked if he'd expand on that here. I hope he will, especially given that so many gave him 500 tips. LF, eh, eh?

 

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  posted on 2/23/2007 at 08:47 AM
Big Ricky Carmichael motocross fan here, not sure how he'll translate to NASCAR, but he may suprise us all.

For those that don't follow Supercross/Motocross...he is the greatest and when James Stewart came along, those two were incredible. They were/still are SO MUCH better than every other rider that they would almost lap the entire field...that means the guy who finished 3rd or 4th was a lap down. Seen it, they were/are incredible.

Also, for those who might watch it on TV now and again but don't ride a dirt bike, yes they make it look so easy, it is not and quite possibly one of the most physically grueling sports out there.

 

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  posted on 2/23/2007 at 10:07 AM
Just read an article that both Stewart and Busch had 40g hits during their crashes!

Kurt Busch Comments on 'Tony Stewart LIVE' Sirius Satellite Radio






Busch:
Yeah, it was, uh, you know, Tony just got back up to the front from, uh, his pit road penalty and he passed us with a head of steam. I was like, “Man, this guy is strong.” And so, at that point, there was no sense in fightin’ him; you know, he got by us.

Ah, there was a draft that we all got down the back straightaway. My little brother was behind me. I think, uh, Jeff Burton was in the mix, bunch ‘a fast cars all lined up. And we were—rolled down the three and four with a head of steam. And I, I started pushin’ a little bit. I looked up in the mirror to check out where other guys were, and I looked back in front ‘a me and there’s this orange twenty car [laughs] sideways. And I just—I was shell-shocked; I was froze because this guy just motored by me. And I was like, “Man, why is he sideways?”

And I, I think I messed up because the whole situation could’ve been avoided. But, you know, it, it’s, it’s one of those racin’ things where you can sit there and armchair-quarterback it a hundred different times, but it’s just so tough, Tony. And, eh, just havin’ the shot at winnin’ the Daytona 500 go out the window that quick. I mean, it takes months to prepare, but somebody can take it away in the blink of an eye.

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Oh, yeah, exactly, and that’s what happened. I mean, literally, in, in about a four or five-second span, I mean, we went from havin’, in my opinion, the two best cars on the racetrack all day ta, ta both bein’ in the garage and, and, you know, havin’ our days be over.
But, ah, you know, uh, like you said, I mean, um, you know, we, we got a good run, and after our penalty had, had run from the back. And, uh, you know, our car was actu—our car was a little tight at that point, too, and it was important to try to get to the lead, uh, to get the, uh, push out of the car ‘cause if you could be the front guy, it made your car handle a lot better. But, uh, we had—I think we had freed the car up so much tryin’ to get through traffic ‘cause when—uh, you, you never got a chance to go back to the back like we did. But we went so far back that, uh, you know, when we got back in traffic on the first restart, it was so tight back there that I couldn’t pass anybody. I was havin’ trouble the first three our four laps just stayin’ with the pack.

So, uh, you know, as we started movin’ up, it was a situation where you wanted to, to uh, you know, you had to keep freein’ your car up if you were gonna keep movin’ forward. And then once we got up there, I, I think we were, uh, prob’ly in a position where we finally got a little too free at that point. But, ah, you know, like you said, I mean, you know, I never even lifted, the, the—you know, as fast as we’re runnin’ there, once you get those cars sideways and scrub a little speed off, and, and as close as we are to each other, uh, you know, there, there really wasn’t any, anywhere for anybody to go.

So, uh, you know, the, the good news is, I mean—with the, with the crash—and then I’d, I had heard two different reports today. I got a report that our crash was, ah, ten g’s—which I knew there was no way ‘cause I can, I can hit the wall with my fist at over ten g’s, uh…

Busch:
[Laughs]

Stewart:
You know, with the, the—I got the report from J. D. and it was over forty Gs; so, uh, you’re basically multiplying your body by forty, ah, when you hit the wall like that. But, uh, you know, like everybody said, it was a, a, a very similar accident to what, uh, we saw with Earnhardt, Senior, there. So, uh, was very, very, uh, glad that we had the soft walls. Uh, was glad that I had a Hahn’s Device on. Um, I’m just curious, are you, are you half as sore as I am today?

Busch:
Man, I’m, I’m very sore. You know, if we both hit the wall at the same speed [unintelligible], uh—would you hit it harder since you weigh more?

Stewart:
I’m, I’m down to one-eighty.

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[Laughs]

 

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  posted on 2/23/2007 at 03:54 PM
CRAFTSMAN TRUCKS SERIES TONIGHT FEB 23, 2007
San Bernardino County 200


Tv- Speedchannel
Radio - MRN

Race Length: 100 Laps/200 Miles
Track Layout: 2-mile oval

2006 Winner: Mark Martin
2006 Polesitter: David Reutimann

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The Five Maximum NASCAR Drivers of all time.

1. David Pearson - By far the highest win percentage of races entered and 2nd on all time win list with 105. Probably wont be surpassed for a long time if ever. Silver Fox.

2. Dale Earnhardt - Sunday Money! Came up the hard way! I saw a Big E highlight reel that was unbelieveable. The man could freakin drive and was a total hardass on the track.

3. Richard Petty - His 200 wins will NEVER be matched. It would take an averave 10 races for 20 years - NO WAY! But Petty raced in in a much longer season and with other advantages like the 426 hemi and first manufacturers sponsorship.

4. Junoior Johnson - Bring back a North Wilkesboro Race. Johnson Quote "the fastest car i ever drove was a liquor hauling car". Did a stint in the Big House for making (not hauling) shine. He never got caught in the car. 73 years old with a 36 year old wife and two small children. My Freakin Hero. Go Junior.

5. Tony Stewart - The best pure driver ever but his resume is not yet complete - if it were he would very likely be higher on the list.


Heres a question for you - Why is Darlington egg shaped?

 

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  posted on 2/23/2007 at 04:10 PM
Anybody want to start a fund to put a hit out on Kurt and Kyle :>

 

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  posted on 2/23/2007 at 04:11 PM
I always thought the way earnhardt drove was similar to the way Warren plays - think about it.

 

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Heres a question for you - Why is Darlington egg shaped?


The minnow pond.

 

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  posted on 2/23/2007 at 04:18 PM


Craven / Busch Darlington

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  posted on 2/23/2007 at 07:04 PM
Going to try and get something written tonight.

 

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  posted on 2/23/2007 at 11:48 PM
Mark Martin robbed again. Was the dominant truck all night and spun by Hornaday coming to the restart!

 

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  posted on 2/24/2007 at 01:00 AM
Okay here goes, My first Nascar experience was above and beyond all expectations. First off thanks to all that helped with tips for Daytona. Yes it was fricken cold once the sun went down as all had warned. Many folks left during the race for warm cars, buses or hooters (the restaurant).
Here's my review of the whole dam shooting match from booze at hotels, BBQ in Orlando and of course the races I saw.
Hotel Booze in Orlando - for a CDN free booze at hotels is unheard of so the hampton suites shucking wine, beer and booze for tips only was incredible. Sadly my father in law not a big drinker did not understand how someone can sit at a bar stool for more than a bag of popcorn and one free glass of beer. His loss.
BBQ in Orlando - went to Sonny's BBQ pit on Orange Blossom Trail - awesome BBQ (any authentic BBQ is amazing for this Northerner).
Busch Race Saturday - headed to track on bus for day of exploring track, happy hour and Busch race. Went to track museum, definitly overpriced at $23 you could be through there in 1.5 hrs easy. Movies, simulators etc. all extra $$$. Did enjoy history part of track but lack of old cars was a dissapointment to me and father in law. Nothing with a 43 anywhere???
Enjoyed the Busch race immensely again first time in this type of venue so the rush of seeing the place for the first time, soaking in the atmosphere, meeting fellow race fans was all great. They really cram you in the place. We were in Roberts Tower row 25 great seats. Sat beside two monster bikers from New Jersey. Good people everywhere. ASked them about Yogi's in NYC.
The race was enjoyable, I believe junior led a couple and everyone was pumped about that. Racers seemed to be a little reserved other then Harvick who had a great car.
Drank beer ate cheeseburgers all good. Quite suprised how laid back the whole place was. It felt like any race track in North America, just a fricken big one. I mean local high school football team flipping burgers, nothing really flashy about the place, Thankfully.
$7 bones for a big bud and 4 bucks for a pretzel, I'm in.

Back to hotel Saturday night. more free beer and hooters (restaurant).

Sunday up at 4:30 for bus at 6:30 (father in law needs his digestion time).
On the bus and all were excited, folks from everywhere around states and Canada. Buffalo to Georgia, Toronto to Victoria.
Got to track and went onto track for walkabout through pit lane, party area and track.
Walk through track was great. Pit crews put up with our questions (they stated it was easy to put up with us since early in season).
Signed my kids names on finish line (just about where Martin crossed I think).
Checked out Speed pre-race show, they pre-taped around 9 am. I thought it was live.
Area around garages was cool, took some video of the Martin car getting worked on etc.
Now to the race. Had scanner so enjoyefd listening to leaders and spotters.
Suprised by lack of chatter as well.
Man this is taking long. Everyone saw the race, I was pullling for 20 and 8 but Harvick won me over. He was on a mission. One scanner listerner stated Martin's spotter was screaming "29's coming, get high, get high" but no movement from MArtin.
The wrecks, the people, the atmosphere I would recommend Daytona to fans and non fans. It was a great time. I was amazed to not see any drunks, scraps, idiots. Everyone was cool and happy to chatter, laugh (what was Blaney doing???) cry (20) and just hoot and holler through the green white checker. I'm also a bigger Nascar fan then I was before (I warned my wife this might happen). Watching Dale ride/skim the wall through 1 and 2 was amazing. I thought the front and back stretched were wider but when the annoucers starts getting excited about three wide I understand why. Hope you enjoyed my babble. Lots more to talk about but I have hockey tonight. Git er done. Thanks

 

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